The Four-Way Test has captured the imaginations of generations of Rotarians as a simple checklist to help ensure that we are applying this positive and powerful code to how we try to live our lives and serve others.
FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST
The contest is an opportunity for your club to increase your involvement in the community through the local high schools and for students to learn about Rotary and the Four-Way Test. Inviting the contestants to present their speeches to your club will provide your members with a thought provoking experience as well as an opportunity to meet outstanding youth in your communities.
Now is the time to begin recruiting student contestants from your local high schools, private schools or charter schools. Please share the Guidelines for Contestants information with the appropriate teachers (usually English, Speech and/or Debate), school counselors, administrators or other club advisors. Interact clubs and RYLA participants are also excellent sources for potential candidates. Please specifically note the Guidelines state no aids – including notes – may be used for this competition. This would also apply to the Club Level competitions.
You may find that school officials do not have a good grasp of the Four-Way Test, whereby it will be your responsibility to educate them. Students may work with their teachers, parents and/or Rotary members to prepare for the local competition. As we did last year – we are placing special emphasis on the use of the Four-Way Test in the speech; i.e., it is the focal point and speeches display a good understanding and application of the principles.
Please plan to complete your club's speech contest no later than March 3, 2017. This will allow time for you to provide us with your winner’s name and for your winner to prepare for the District level contest.
Wright State University, Millett Hall, Dayton, Ohio, will host our District Four-Way Test Speech Competition on Sunday, April 2, 2017, at Noon.
Adopted by Rotary in 1943, The Four-Way Test is still relevant today and transcends generations and national boundaries. Not based on culture or religion, The Four-Way Test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and asks the following essential questions of the things we think, say or do:
1. Is it the truth?
2. Is it fair to all concerned?
3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
4. Will it be helpful to all concerned?
The Four-Way Test has captured the imaginations of generations of Rotarians as a simple checklist to help ensure that we are applying this positive and powerful code to how we try to live our lives and serve others. An outstanding line-up of speakers—most of them Rotarians—will share their unique perspectives on the importance of high ethical values in decision-making for their professions and lives.
Deadline to Submit Club Winners
March 3, 2017
District Contest Date
April 2, 2017